Sri Lanka are set to play their first pink-ball Test next month (Image courtesy: AFP)
Sri Lanka are set to play their first pink-ball Test next month (Image courtesy: AFP)

Marvan Atapattu recently said that Sri Lankan cricket has hit its rock-bottom. However, they are still looking at the future positively and will be the latest team to play their first ever Test with pink ball. Sri Lanka will be touring the UAE to play against Pakistan. If they get the security clearance, they may even play a match at Lahore.

Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal backed the board for agreeing to play Pakistan in a day-night Test, and team manager Asanka Gurusinha echoed similar views. ALSO READ: Marvan Atapattu: Sri Lanka cricket has hit ‘rock bottom’

“The last domestic season, we played with the pink ball. It was a wise move by SLC to get us prepared for day-night Test matches. I was only able to play one game because I was touring with the Sri Lankan team, but everyone it was a good experience,” Chandimal told Cricbuzz.

He feels that the pink ball behaves differently from the red one, and bowlers are able to get it to swing till almost 20 overs.

“The pink ball swings around until the 20th over or so. It is tougher for batsmen especially under lights. However, there’s not much spin. I felt that the reverse swing was also less than the red ball,” Chandimal added. “We resume our training soon and we have a few plans how to go about it and I am sure the coaches will give us some idea. I am looking forward to playing a day-night Test match and it will be a great experience. It’s a good thing as the fans will tend to show more interest in turning up for the games.”

Pakistan played their maiden day-night Test last year at Dubai, and it came against West Indies. Pakistan managed to win the thriller. They also played Australia in another thrilling Test at Brisbane, which the hosts just managed to clinch.

Gurusinha feels that pink-ball cricket is the future and it’s a wise move by Sri Lanka to move on.

“Pakistan Cricket Board put through the idea to play day-night Test match and we agreed. I feel that’s the future and we need to move one. One of the things that we are going to do when we start our preparations is to try and see what the pink ball does when it’s 25 overs old and how it is going to play when the ball is 50 overs old. Catching under lights is also something that we have to get used to with the pink ball and we will do some sessions to help the players adjust,” Gurusinha added.

Sri Lanka will shortly announce their squad. They will play the first Test at Abu Dhabi from September 28, and the second Test, which will be a pink-ball affair, will be played at Dubai from October 6.